School of Social Work

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The UMKC School of Social Work is please to be able to collaborate with the Social Program at Avila to Present this important event.  Students, this is free, alumni, there are CEU possibilities. Win Win!

UMKC School of Social Work Seeks Assistant Teaching Professor

The UMKC School of Social Work seeks a non-tenure-track faculty at the Assistant Teaching Professor level.  The Non-Tenure Track Assistant Teaching Professor at UMKC School of Social Work provides instruction of four 3 credit hour courses, across the Advanced Generalist Social Work curriculum.  An additional 20% service to the department is expected.  Applicants must be willing to teach some evening or week-end courses and be willing to become certified in online instruction and offer online courses as necessary.  The UMKC School of Social Work is a Department with the College of Arts & Sciences that offers only the MSW degree, has 8 fulltime faculty (5 tenure or tenure track and 3 ranked non-tenured), and has a student body of around 150 per year.   The curriculum is focused on advanced-generalist social work practice in an urban environment. The curriculum provides: theoretically based understanding to assess diverse human behaviors in varied social environments; skills for operating in a multidisciplinary agency and community environment; research methods with practical application to agency practice; and approaches to working with culturally diverse populations to achieve social and economic justice, enhanced wellbeing, and empowering individual capacity.

For More information please contact the search committee chair via email: Elaine Spencer-Carver, or Bob Prue,,Department Chair for more information.

You may apply only through the human resources website: select "Academic Positions" select the "View Jobs" button in the middle of the page.  Search for Position ID # 21742, Positing Title: ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSION / Social Work

Please do not send materials directly to Dr. Spencer-Carver or Dr. Prue

UMKC School of Social Work helps transform Missouri Children's Division


This Video was provided by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and highlights the results of the partnership between UMKC School of Social Work, Missouri State University and the State of Missouri Children's Division.  


Which Field Practicum Class Should I be in?

Soc-Wk 5511 - 0002 (12880) NCWWI Students Only
Soc-Wk 5511 - 0001 (12926) Any foundation student in other practicums
Soc-Wk 5513 - 0001 (12614)  Any Advanced
Soc-Wk 5513 - 0002 (12615) NCWWI Students only


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Soc-Wk 5560 Psychopathology

There is a persistent rumor that Psychopathology is required for licensure.  That rumor is only partially true.

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No Requirement for Psychopathology at either LMSW or LCSW LMSW has no requirement for Psychopathology courses. Three (3) hours of Psychopathology is required only for LSCSW Level, there is also a requirement for 12 additional hours of: Diagnostic Assessment, Interdisciplinary Referral and Collaboration, Treatment Approaches, and Professional Ethics.
Visit Missouri Division of Professional Registration - Social workers board for more information Visit Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for details

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Vision Statement

UMKC School of Social Work will become a model urban, professional school recognized for its partnership within diverse communities to effectively collaborate and sustain a safe, more economically secure, and socially just quality of life.

Mission Statement

To prepare competent, advanced generalist social work practitioners to meet the needs of multi-cultural diverse populations in a dynamic mid-western metropolitan context; to be culturally proficient, ethical leaders and service providers engaged in knowledge-driven, inter-professional, multi-systemic, community-based practice; who advocate for social and economic justice, enhance human wellbeing, and support individuals’ capacity to address their own needs.


  1. To prepare culturally proficient advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to provide human services for diverse populations.
  2. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to engage in interdisciplinary scientific inquiry, and critical thinking.
  3. To prepare advanced generalist social work leaders and practitioners to develop and implement multi-systemic, multi-level evidence-based practices.
  4. To prepare advanced generalist social workers that understand and identify with the social work profession and are committed to upholding the values and ethics of the profession that serve to guide professional practice.
  5. To prepare advanced generalist social workers to advocate for social and economic justice through collaboration with multi-cultural diverse communities.

Social Work Values

Social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

Social Work Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human wellbeing and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual wellbeing in a social context and the wellbeing of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of clients. “Clients” is used inclusively to refer to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. These activities may be in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, education, and research and evaluation. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals’ needs and social problems.


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Bob Prue, PhD
Phone: 816.235.6308

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Heidi Updike
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